Cozumel Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Cozumel

Most travelers head to Cozumel for diving along the shallow reefs and relaxing on the beach; experienced divers tend to migrate toward the northern beaches, while families looking for quiet sands and calm shores seek beaches toward the south. Land-loving travelers can explore what the Mayans left behind at the San Gervasio Ruins, or take a hiking trip through the Punta Sur Ecological Park.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated September 18, 2018

  • #1
    Boat Tours
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    #1 in Cozumel
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    No trip to Cozumel is complete without a boat ride (or two) around the island's magnificently blue waters. Whether you hop on board to scuba dive through some of Cozumel's magnificent reefs or to simply take in the scenery during a sunset sail, most travelers agree that chartering a boat

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  • #2
    Faro Celerain Eco Park (Punta Sur Eco Beach Park)
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    #2 in Cozumel
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    If you're a wildlife lover, a trip to the Faro Celerain Eco Park is a must. Also known as Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, this ecological park sprawls across the southern tip of Cozumel. Its 2,500 acres are home to exotic birds, crocodiles and sea turtles. But don't let the animals distract

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  • #3
    Palancar Beach
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    #3 in Cozumel
    Beaches, Sports, Free
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    Palancar Beach, one of the best all-around beach spots on Cozumel, is especially acclaimed for its water sports, including kayaking, snorkeling, sailing and diving. You can rent a dive charter and also grab some grub at the nearby restaurants and bars. Travelers especially recommend Palancar Beach and Palancar Reef for cruise patrons

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  • #4
    Paradise Beach
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    #4 in Cozumel
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    Paradise Beach is a popular beach on the western side of the island. Families, couples, locals and tourists – plus plenty of cruise ship passengers – flock to this beach, so prepare for crowds. This pristine shoreline boasts soft sand, turquoise waters, a pool, a restaurant and shopping (you can pick up

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  • #5
    Discover Mexico Park
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    #5 in Cozumel
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    Don't have the time to see all of Mexico's sites? Just go to Discover Mexico Park. Sitting along the coast just south of San Miguel, this park houses miniature models of some of the country's most popular attractions, including the Mayan ruins of Tulum and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City. The park also provides insight into

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  • #6
    Stingray Beach
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    #6 in Cozumel
    Swimming/Pools, Zoos and Aquariums
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    A visit to Stingray Beach will provide the same interactive experience as scuba diving, just without the heavy gear (or price tags). Located in San Miguel, this facility allows you to get up close and personal with these undersea creatures, providing ample opportunities to swim among them. And don't worry

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  • #7
    Chankanaab National Park
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    #7 in Cozumel
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    Chankanaab is a Mayan term that means "small sea," and the outdoor park is named for its coastal cenote, which features diving and snorkeling tours, dolphin encounters, and a relaxing beach. There's also opportunities for zip lining and touring a tequila factory, along with gardens, nature trails and picturesque grounds

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  • #8
    San Gervasio Ruins
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    #8 in Cozumel
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    Mayan women used to visit this shrine in central Cozumel to pay tribute to their goddess of love and fertility, Ixchel. Today, you can pay a tribute of your own by taking a brief tour of this ruin; it costs $9.50 to access the park. Most grumble about the cost of

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  • Punta Molas
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  • Cozumel Bar Hop
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  • Chocolate Tour at Kaokao Chocolate Factory
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